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Are you living a purpose-full life?

Today I was inspired by Oprah's show with Will Smith. i don't watch Oprah very often but I decided to watch it today because I like Will Smith. Ms. Oprah did a wonderful interview and I really enjoyed the show.
Will Smith talked about living a life that has purpose andthat rang so true for me since I am so committed to living my Soul Purpose. I love my business, I love my company and i like the idea of empowering people to hear their calling and live out their Soul Purpose. Will said unless you are making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. He talked about his purpose of making people's lives better and that was inspiring and refreshing. He continued by saying that "your life will become better by making someone else's life better".
The discussion then progressed to a discussion about loss, what is loss and how do we react to loss in our lives. We often see our life on a continuim or straight line. A straight line beginning with …

My Birthday!

Today is my birthday and it has been aninteresting day. I was first awakened by my daughter who was the first to wish me a happy birthday. It was awesome! I later spoke wih my parents and my brother and my close friends and that was great too. I remember a few years ago when i was at Warm Spirit i must have rec'd at least a dozen flower arrangements etc, our home was full and I felt appreciated in a grand way. today i received flowers from one of my best friends and my husband and that was enough. Imagine that, it was enough!!!!
The hugs , calls, text messages from my children were enough, enough!!! loved the dinner with my husband, it was perfect.
All of this to say, that I spent the day cleaning my home, fixing up the yard and front porch for christmas. I felt lots of anxiety about the holidays, finances, bills, my new company. but the work to make my home beautiful for my family helped calm my anxieties and fears. By the end of the day, I felt blessed and grateful. Grateful for m…

an affirmation for Sunday (or anyday)

The simplest and most obvious prayer is a request to God that the adversity end and that one be restored to health. Such prayers often involve "affirmations." There is a considerable psychological literature on the healing power of affirmations, and many cancer patients use them. Here is a beautiful Navajo prayer that uses affirmation:

O you who dwell In the house made of the dawn,
In the house made of the evening twilight . . .
Where the dark mist curtains the doorway,
The path to which is on the rainbow . . .
I have made your sacrifice.
I have prepared a smoke for you.

My feet restore for me.
My limbs restore for me.
My body restore for me.
My mind restore for me.
My voice restore for me.

Today, take away your spell from me.
Away from me you have taken it.
Far Off from me you have taken it.

Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me the spell is …

Finding your purpose in the midst of stress and chaos

Somedays I wake up and it is hard to find my place or purpose. These are days filled with self doubt and fear and they'renot good days, but the plus is having the faith, strength, courage and belief that God will guide me through it. Everyday, my faith is deepened or better yet my understanding about faith is deepening. Simply, I understand now that these days will occur but if you have faith you believe that you will get through the tought times. Here are a few excerpts of words of encouragement from our Soul Purpose coach April Robinson. She is a glimmer of hope and she is always right on time. I hope you find some encouragement in April's words.

Good evening Nadine
I pray all is well, I know you are busy but you are my sister and i want to make sure all things are well. Just want to send an encouraging to you tonight, "Stay Encourage and Keep your eyes on the prize". I was reflecting on last year around this time and I how God was aligning things up for my life an…

Miriam Makeba

I absolutely adored Miriam Makeba and was saddened to hear that she passed earlier this week. I wanted to share with my community this email that I just sent to Africapop.com to reflect on her value in my life.

Dear Sean,
I am so delighted to read your email, I was so personally saddened to learn of the news of Miriam Makeba's death. I was so touched and sad.
I was born in Trinidad with parents of Grenadian decent. My mother loved Miriam's music and it is probably the only music that I clearly remember from my childhood. Miriam Makeba's music is the music of my soul, its melodies, rhythms and lyrics touch my heart and my soul in a way that no other music ever has. I can still remember that "click-click' song. She is an icon for me, maybe the way African American's may love Billie Holiday, Miriam Makeba was my icon, my vision of beauty. She was a positive beautiful black woman and it made me proud and comforted me to think of her.
I am actually going to go on Amazo…

Hold another sister's hand.

Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller.

We all travel on personal journeys in search of realizing our visions, pursuing our dreams and defining our purpose. As women these journeys can be overwhelming as we try to juggle the demands of family, children, community and personal care, struggling to achieve balance. What many women have realized globally is that supporting each other and collaborating often makes the challenges a little easier and much more “do-able’. I encourage you today to reach out to another sister in your community, lend a helping hand on her journey, you might be amazed at the blessing it can be in your own life.
Mu Soul Purpose is to help other women along the way on my journey, because I believe that we will all be blessed if we live "right" in our communities.
Much love today,
Nadine

Yes we can, yes we did!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Dear Soul Purpose Community,
We are so blessed to be in the water together and to be blessed to be alive on this day in history. We have made history in electing Barak Obama, what a wonderful time to be alive.
Barak Obama is an example to us all and beacon of light and hope for the future.
I feel hopeful more than ever that we can be and will be successful at Soul Purpose; yes we can!
Much love in celebration,
Nadine

Tell your story, it is God's story

I feel so blessed in my life to be surrounded my supportive friends and family. Today was an extremely busy day for me. I am ashamed to admit that I went to my first doctor's appointment that I have been to in over year. This is terrible self care but there is always hope for improvement. I ended getting a few shots including a flu shot so I am feeling a little under the weather and will make it an early evening to bed.
This morning I woke up to this beautiful email message from my spiritual coach April Robinson. Her words were so wise and most importantly so comforting that I wanted to share it with all of you. The important thing is that we all have a story to tell and God has blessed us all on our journeys.
So with April's permission here it is.
Much love,
Nadine
Good Morning Nadine
I pray all is well. I have been meaning to call you and touch bases, but I know how time does not permit us.

I thought of Job in the Bible, when you first informed the Alpha Team that you was going to…

Essence Summit

This past week has been a tremendous week. I was so honored to be invited to speak at the Women Who Are Shaping the World Summit. It was a tremendous honor and an unforgetable experience for me. Meeting all of the wonderful women who are making a difference was wonderful and inspiring. I was very moved by Robin Roberts and her story about her journey with breast cancer and her recovery. The women in the audience who came forward and testified were awe inspiring. It was a great day!
As far as my speech was concerned it was very cathartic to be able to share about my creation of Warm Spirit, the resulting set backs and the blessing and creation of Soul Purpose. The audience was moved and I was surprised by the fact that no one knew that I was no longer with Warm Spirit. I knew that intellectually but was still shocked by seeing and hearing it from the women. I was proud to share that there is now a Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company and a beautiful line of products that represents the next g…

Thanksgiving

As many of you may know, I am a Canadian citizen. I grew up in Toronto Canada and it is the place I call home. It is actually where my parents and brother reside. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and I miss home terribly. To celebrate the day, I woke up and decided to be grateful today no matter the events of the day. I cleaned and decorated the house, so it felt like Thanksgiving. I had turkey pot pie for lunch, and for dinner I prepared a spicy mango & BBQ chicken; baked mac and cheese; tomato seasoned rice and a salad crowned with feta cheese, bacon, almonds and cranberries. for desert; Italian wedding cookies and almond cookies. It was wonderful, there were all aspects of my multicultural existence in the meal I prepared. I am grateful to be alive and although my children rolled their eyes at me celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, I enjoyed myself never-the-less. I am committed to being and staying in a state of gratitude.
Soul Purpose is doing very well, there is so much won…

We love Chicago!!!!!

Soul Purpose loves Chicago & Chicago LOVES Soul Purpose!!!!!!!!

We had a beautiful weekend in Chicago, full of celebration, tears of joy, boisterous laughter and great food. The weekend kicked off with a sparkling champagne meet & greet at the beautiful Mi Spa hosted by Peggy Riggins and Dominga Cortez. Thank you to all of the Soul Purpose entrepreneurs and their guests who attended and thank you to our hosts for such a warm and spirited reception. The champagne and food was “off the chain”.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we worked hard and celebrated at the Chicago Black women’s Expo. Soul Purpose entrepreneurs arrived by cars, buses, trains and airplanes from around the country to be together this weekend. We had representation from Miami, Orlando, Indiana, St. Louis, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC, Baltimore and of course Exeter, New Hampshire. The response to the Soul Purpose product line was phenomenal. The lines for our 3 booths literally wrapped around the corner and were 15…

Independence!

This weekend and this month we are celebrating INDEPENDENCE at Soul Purpose. This makes me proud because independence whether it be financial or emotional can be truly liberating and empowering. I used a quote in a message from our 32nd president Franklin D Roosevelt.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe that what we are doing at Soul Purpose can really help people in their quest for independence. We have created beautiful products, an empowering business opportunity and a beuatiful and supportive community of entrepreneurs.

We had wonderful celebrations around the country this weekend and we were blessed with many new community members, to God, we give all of the glory. We are blessed!!!

This month I am also celebrating my 100 pound weight loss. I still have another 60 pounds to go but I am grateful for the first 100. I did a …

The journey continues in Baltimore...

This weekend I am blessed to continue my journey with Team Elite and many others of the Soul Purpose community in Baltimore MD. I am sitting at the back of the room preparing to leave for the airport and felt the need to share my thoughts and overwhelming feelings of gratitude that i feel in this moment. I have been working for the past 10 months on the birthing of Soul Purpose, it has been a tremendous journey and this weekend the work, the sacrifice, the pain and the joy have been affirmed. Antonio Adair one of the speakers today reminded me that the pain was the gift and Dora Chamgers reminded us that we must discipline our disappointment. Those words were affirming because it is in essence the definition of my journey, it has been about discipline, focus, resilience and recognizing the gifts that I have been blessed with.
today being in the midst of 80 plus beautiful women and men who came to learn more about Soul Purpose as well as to embark on this journey together. The testimoni…

Do you see your beauty?

A gift from Langston Hughes, something to think about as we redefine our notion of what is beautiful!
Much love, you are simply beautiful!
Nadine
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dareSay to me,"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.
Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.

We do what we have to do; so we can do what we want to do!

We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do. What an inspiring quote this is, I heard it when my husband and I were watching The Great Debaters. I thought of all of the struggles and challenges we have gone through as a people, as a gender, as a nation most importantly as individuals. We sometimes forget why we struggle, why we grieve and why we are in so much pain. It is because somewhere deep inside we are simply doing what we have to in order to do what we want to.
This past month has been a trying month for me and for Soul Purpose. Murphy's Law has found a place but despite every challenge we have done extraordinarily well. But as the May end numbers rolled in I was very excited to see the success and accomplishments of the Soul Purpose community. A testimony to perseverance!
I continue to pray for perseverance in order to do the things that I know in my heart that I have to continue to do what needs to be done.
Nadine

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the entire Soul Purpose community! I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Voices of Courage luncheon in New York city last Tuesday to honor some tremendous women who are changing the world and making a difference for women and children around the world. I was moved to tears by the speeches and felt committed more than ever to this global vision of empowerment that we have at Soul Purpose. I am honored to be “in the water” with each and every one of you. I also had the opportunity to meet Kulah Borbor and was able to tell her a little about Soul Purpose. I believe the message and story below speaks for itself.

I also had the opportunity to attend a beautiful Pre-Mother’s Day breakfast in Orlando Florida. I was the keynote speaker at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church - Divine Style with Sophisticated Elegance Fashion Show and Breakfast. It was really a wonderful and beautiful event and I am deeply grateful and honored to have been invited to speak by the ch…

Praise God for the victory!!!!!!!

Earlier today a dear friend spoke with me about my mood and what I heard was we love you very much we know this is a painful journey but we need you to put all of the negative stuff behind you. Yup, she is absolutely right and tonight my friends is a new day. Warm Spirit is behind me, the past is behind me, I am moving on with faith and courage.
Okay now for the good stuff. Today is a phenomenal day in the history of Soul Purpose, tonight we hit consultant #500. Five hundred converted visionaries in one week, history in the making.
Let me explain the magnitude of what this means, it takes approximately one year for the average company to achieve 500 signed people, we did it 1 week. five hundred consultants and 3000 visionaries. WOW!!!!
Okay, I am happy, I am grateful, I am victorious. We are victorious together and if this is nothing else it is a testimony to what is possible and a reminder of the greatness and empowerment that lives in each of us. more to come i need to get on the call.

This is the time we've been waiting for!

Happy Sunday morning!
There is a lot to be grateful for today as we continue on this journey of Soul Purpose. I am grateful as well for the words of support and encouragement and I am motivated by those who share their eagerness to get started. I am pleased to share that we have indeed begun and we have done so in record time. Our online enrollment is ready to go and we are ready for the conversion of visionaries to full fledged consultants.
What is most phenomenal is that we started working on putting together Soul Purpose in December of 2007 and launched our vision in January of 2008. In 12 weeks we have built a website, developed the product line, crafted a business plan, etc, etc, etc. Twelve weeks and 3000 people who have committed to the vision. We are now ready to launch, to have our visionaries convert to becoming consultants and to begin selling products. This process for a traditional start-up direct sales company usually takes about 18 months. We are starting in record breaki…

The gift of healing.

Good evening and Happy Easter my friends,

Easter is indeed a time of the celebration of resurrection, re-birth, renewal and The Good News. We have given birth Soul Purpose in this season of rebirth and renewal and the opportunity and potential is limitless. This is indeed Good News.

This has been a good day, my friend Natalie and her family drove up from New York to spend Easter with our family. It was a wonderful weekend and most importantly I felt comfortable enough to rest in her presence and just be myself. I did very little work this weekend but I feel like I had some tremendous breakthroughs. Let me explain, the truth is that ever since my termination from Warm Spirit and I have been very depressed and wrought with grief and anxiety. I have not been sleeping well, my anxiety level is high especially early in the mornings and the pain of the betrayal and racism and sexism has made it impossible to bear. My friends and family have been supportive and have helped me through the pain …

We are the ones we have been waiting for!

I love this prayer and will write more about it over the next few days. but it speaks to me- every line- in quite profound ways. In my earlier post I talk about the need to be joyful and celebrate with my community that is in the water with me and the gifts that I have been given. The blessing of the 1500 visionaries is testimony beyond words. I am grateful! and I am challenged to be a better person and a person worthy of the gifts. I realize and promise to continue to celebrate with those of you in the water with me and most important, I realize that "we are indeed the ones we have been waiting for".
Much love,
Nadine

Let me share the words of this Hopi Indian Prayer with you:
We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where…

Counting our blessings

Today I realized something about myself that was quite troubling to acknowledge. This new self awareness is indeed a blessing and an opportunity for personal growth. It is quite simple! For months I have been sad and deeply hurt about the recent events that took place in my life. I was greatly disappointed in the betrayal of friendship and trust, I was deeply hurt and disappointed in the lack of leadership and people's inability to stand up for something that was unfair and unjust. This week I was alarmed and hurt all over again, like the scar had been peeled back and the wound exposed again. A person that I had trusted revealed herself yet again. Her plan was revealed and I was shocked. I was blinded by the hurt and pain and wondered dear God how much more, how much more. How many more snakes in the grass have to be revealed, I just want to put this all behind me. But today after speaking with friends and trying to process my pain, my anger, my disappointment and my sense of betr…

My Girl...

I am an avid reader of magazines and I must admit a bit of a pack rat when it comes to saving and collecting magazines. What is always amazing to me is that I can pick up an old issue of a magazine and always find something new and relevant. Well, on that note I picked up last summer's issue of Oprah at Home and there was a fabulous article on the last page. It was entitled "My Girl" and it is an article about one of my favorite journalists; Gwen Ifill and a picture her brother Oliver had painted for her. It is beautiful vibrant picture of a young black girl on a bright red canvas. Here is what Gwen said about the picture:
"I call her colored girl. I love black girls. I think that we have such promise. And I think that we must have a certain type of uplift in our spirits because there are so many things out there waiting to beat us down. Every time I look at her, I see something else that is beautiful.  
"She has a series of keys around her neck, with one latch k…

Your Soul Purpose on Sunday Morning

Happy Sunday Morning!
I woke up this morning to new postings on the blog with some pretty incredible people sharing about their soul purpose. While I know that I may be emotional at this time in my life, I must admit that I was weepy when I read these entries and I felt again the calling that God has on my life. What if we had the voices of 3,000 people sharing their "soul purpose"? Can you imagine the power of those words? Can you imagine the power of that book? Can you IMAGINE????????? My favortie thing to do on Sunday mornings before going to church or doing anything else is to watch my favorite program, "Sunday Morning" on CBS. It keeps me abreast of the world from a cultural, political, spiritual, and sociological perspective. I love it! This morning, I also watched "Meet the Press" and was intrigued by the commentary on the presidential political campaign. A very interesting debate and commentary and race is emerging and I am very eager to see how it…